Homeless people huddle under a tarp in Duncan during a cold snap in late 2021. (Jen Hlannon photo)

Homeless people huddle under a tarp in Duncan during a cold snap in late 2021. (Jen Hlannon photo)

Letter: Homeless people freezing on the streets

What can we do to help these people without housing?

Homeless people freezing on the streets

I used to live in Cowichan Valley, and I still come up to work in Duncan weekly. For the past few months I’ve been dismayed by the numbers of First Nations on the streets that I see, and wondering where the help is for these people?

On Boxing Day Sunday, in -5 C, I talked to these three people under the tarp, who agreed to this photo being submitted to the paper. They would like housing, have been trying to get a cabin without luck so far.

This is a dire, emergency, situation!

What can we do to help these people without housing?

Jen Hlannon

Former Cowichan resident

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